Editor’s Note: This is part of R.S.’s 500 greatest albums of all-time.
313: Damn the Torpedoes | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | MCA 1979
Rolling Stone #937 — December 11, 2003
With hair like Jagger, and a voice like Dylan in tune, Petty de-frilled classic rock and cranked up his bar band. In 1979, he filed for bankruptcy, then Torpedoes took off, mostly because “Here Comes My Girl” seemed to keep the promises those rock gods forgot they’d made.